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"He flattered himself that he approximated the model husband."

Terrific story from George Ade's 1903 collection In Babel: Stories of Chicago: "The Set of Poe". The Waterbys' marital miscommunication nearly brings about irreconcilable differences, but their conflict is neatly and pleasantly resolved at the end. The tone of this collection is not at all what I expected - so far they're all serious short stories, with little of the humor of Ade's "fable" stories for which he was so well known. But even without that comic touch, the stories are still very much worth reading.

November 23, 2010 in Books | Permalink